"Waves of Grain" as written by and Tyson Hyde Dillingham Vogel Adam Stephens....
Pray betray the deceased?
Such an infamous freedom, such a militant peace.
How dare they distrust
Do they know who we are?
And our progony's brave, their tract house waiting, pre-plucked and pre-paved:
To the ends of the earth, wife, kids and a car

But oh no no I see them falling
Let's all pray for rain
Let's all pray for rain
And your children are reared by panic and fear
But what when your fields are all rotten
your waves of grain, amber waves of grain?
Your work is yet done: inbreed us all 'till we're all the same

Your collection of tongues
You keep framed in parlor with your bibles and guns
The fetus of Christ with a fistful of scars.
And your vision is clear
while you blind your own kind behind a curtain of fear
your words twisted skywards distracted by stars

But oh no no the sky is falling
Let's all pray for rain
Let's all pray for rain
You pour out your prayers
And weep 'cause you care
But what when all your fields are rotten
Your waves of grain, amber waves of grain?
And you hide the dead while my friends head to die in your name

“This playground is yours,” spoke God when you met behind closed doors, “Gesture your hands and the pawns shall subside.”
And though you play alone, you never get lonely, you never get bored
Who needs a friend when God's on your side?

But oh no no I see them falling
Let's all pray for rain
Let's all pray for rain
And ever I can't pretend we're not near the end
But what when all your fields are rotten
Your waves of grain, amber waves of grain?
When your days are done, I hope you've had fun with your game.

And it was written as fact:
Behold a white horse with you on it's back
A long dozen arrows locked in your stare.
And the oceans shall rise up and slap of the shores of mountainsides
Great waves of progress shall wet the air.

But oh no no the sky is falling
Let's all pray for rain
Let's all pray for rain
And you fools in the back with your heads in your hat
What when all your fields are rotten
Your waves of grain, amber waves of grain?
And my words won't be done, they'll never be done 'till the end


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    General CommentAn indictment of George Bush's idea of the American Dream.
    Smokleron March 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis isn't exactly just an Anti-Bush song. This shows how america is compared to how it used to be in "America The Beautiful" by Katharine Lee Bates. It basically satires it. imho.
    RiversideGuitariston June 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti dunno.. ive never heard this song. is it nice?
    smashing_meon March 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah. if u get it in your mind that its anti-bush, then all of it makes perfect sense. loadsa metaphors and stuff. it could mean something else. i dont know. thats all i get from it though. care to enlighten me?
    danpittmanon April 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's like a folk epic, like Tom Waits decided to make a rock opera. Is it nice? I wouldn't call it nice. Dramatic, moving, yes.
    Smokleron April 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's just too simplistic to label Two Gallant's "Waves of Grain" an Anti-Bush song. It does the emotional, lyrical and musical depth of the song a disservice by simply passing the blame off upon one man, albeit the President. The song is an indictment upon Middle America. I don't necessarily mean Middle Class America. Or Americans in the Middle of the country. I am referring to those Americans who found the Conservative (restricted) Religious (preferably Christian, or at least one whose members dress in ties) Right (NOT left! Not Massachusetts! Not California! US NOT THEM!!!!) an idea so neutral, so self-comforting, so acceptable, that they honestly thought, and still think, that the idea was still unconditionally applicable. Only when the roots of the ideas were implanted into these non-urban, non-immigrant, non-poor, non-Different voters was it even possible to elect a George Bush. Bush happened because of why America is a broken machine who repeatedly finds a way to keep it's very ideals and aspirations alive, despite repeated failed efforts. And without occasionally finding blood on one's hands.

    "Waves of Grain", despite the chorus' claim, is more about the roots and less about the harvest.
    soldioson May 31, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"And though you play alone, you never get lonely, you never get bored.
    Who needs a friend when God's on your side? "
    really touches me. this song really gets me in the soul.
    lakai84on September 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about imprinting one's ideals, assimilation, upon others. Eventually we are all the same; we are all one brick in the wall. What happens if those ideals are wrong?
    samhopewellon October 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyes, this song makes repeated references to bush (iraq, abortion, god, climate change, etc), but it is less about him, but simply the impending death of the united states. maybe not literally, but at least the admission that the american dream is a fallacy, and that the government does not truly serve the people, but those with money (which includes themselves).

    i guess you could look at it as a warning, we can pray for rain, but if the fields are already dead, what use will it be?
    kill-in-tonson October 30, 2006   Link
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    General Commentcompelling

    the harmonica is so powerful in this song
    jon of arcon February 08, 2007   Link

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